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Culinary Studies

Culinary Studies



The Culinary Studies Program is designed to teach basic cooking principles and techniques and to provide a hands-on experience in a fully equipped, state-of-the-art teaching kitchen and dining room. The emphasis is on the skills needed for employment in a commercial food operation where food is prepared and served in volume. 

It is critical to have working experience in your field of expertise. Phoenix College graduates aspiring chefs and managers who move into the industry and bring together the fundamentals they have learned with hands-on experience to become the workforce of the future.

Note: Phoenix College offers two pathways. The Culinary Studies program focuses on the "back of the house" kitchen areas of food and beverage industry while the Food Service Administration program is aimed toward a career in management with exposure to both hotels and restaurants and the on-site food service industry.

Skills & Knowledge

Instruction includes principles of professional cooking and baking, volume food production, food sanitation and safety, purchasing, menu planning, customer service, and basic nutrition concepts.

Examples of skills and knowledge gained through successful completion of the program include the ability to:

  • Use principles of nutrition in meal preparation, ingredient use, nutrient retention, and food presentation.
  • Perform standard dining room setup and service procedures in a commercial setting.
  • Apply French and International terminology, recipes, and methods to a commercial food operation. 
  • Participate in purchasing, handling, and storage of food supplies in all types of commercial kitchens. 
  • Prepare fine baked products, classical deserts, and sauces.

Program Degree

Full and part-time students find our curriculum fits their schedules. We offer day, afternoon, evening and weekend classes. Working professionals can update their skills and enhance their marketability by attending a variety of scheduled classes.

In this program you can earn the following: 

Upon completion of the program, students may also pursue further management or culinary skills in a private or four-year university. Students planning to transfer to a university, should consult with an Academic Advisor.

Employment Outlook

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